Old Boys share post-secondary and career advice with grade 11s
The first career lunch for grade 11 students featured an anesthesiologist and the boys were far from asleep during his presentation.
Old Boy Dr. Sheldon Lyn ’00 was the guest speaker in the Donald Davis Theatre this week where dozens of boys listened intently as he talked about his career path, the challenges he faced, and his advice for those heading to post-secondary education.
Dr. Lyn told the boys his father was a doctor and that made his decision to enter the medical field relatively easy, acknowledging that for some teens, settling on a career can be more challenging. He said his work as a cardiac anesthesiologist is both highly rewarding and stressful. The hours are long, and he tries hard to find the balance between his time at the hospital and time with his two young children.
His advice to the Class of 2020 is to plan ahead as much as possible and apply to a number of universities. Dr. Lyn stressed that there are no shortcuts to success: “It comes down to hard work and commitment.”
As a boarder for two years in Sifton house, he said his time at St. Andrew’s taught him about independence. He took advantage of the many resources available to him at the School and urged the students to do the same.
The career lunches are scheduled for the next three Tuesdays and grade 11 students will hear from Old Boys and other professionals about their career paths and what helped them reach their goals.